SWAT: IGP replaces disbanded SARS with new squad
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has set up the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) to replace the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Birth of SWAT was contained in a statement by the Force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, in Abuja on Tuesday.
DCP Mba disclosed that the personnel from police commands in the South-East and the South-South will be trained at the Counter-Terrorism College, Nonwa-Tai, Rivers State.
Those from the police commands in the North and the South-West, he explained, will be trained at the Police Mobile Force Training College, Ende, Nasarawa State and the Police Mobile Force Training College, Ila-Orangun, Osun State, respectively.
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The statement titled, ‘IGP orders all defunct SARS personnel to report at the force headquarters for psychological and medical examination’, reads:
“The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, today, 13th October 2020, in accordance with section 18 (10) of the Police Act 2020, ordered all personnel of the defunct SARS to report at the Force Headquarters, Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination.
“The officers are expected to undergo this process as a prelude to further training and reorientation before being redeployed into mainstream policing duties.
“The medical examination will be carried out by the newly set-up Police Counselling and Support Unit, a unit, which henceforth, shall engage in psychological management, re-orientation and training of officers of the Force deployed for tactical operations and other duties. “
The unit is domiciled with the Force Medical Department and coordinated by the Force Medical Officer.
It has its membership drawn from psychiatrists, psychologists, medics, pastors and imams, public relations practitioners, civil society and other human rights groups with relevant qualifications and expertise.
The IG reaffirmed his commitment towards the successful and holistic implementation of the police reforms.
He enjoined members of the public, particularly protesting citizens to “exercise restraint and allow measures being put in place to come to fruition and engender a police force that would meet the yearnings and aspirations of the citizenry.”
SWAT was created following days of #EndSARS protests across the country.